Teacher Guide

The Age of Innocence Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

Edith Wharton wrote many other novels, including The House of Mirth (1905), The Custom of the Country (1913), Ethan Frome (1911), and the posthumously published The Buccaneers (1938). She also wrote novellas, poetry, short stories, and nonfiction, including her autobiography, A Backward Glance (1934).

Wharton was heavily influenced by Henry James, whose novels include The Portrait of a Lady (1881), The Turn of the Screw (1898), Daisy Miller (1879), and The Wings of the Dove (1902) among others. His novel Washington Square (1880) is set in the same upper-class New York as The Age of Innocence.

Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie (1900) and Stephen Crane's Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1893)...

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